|Hendrik Poinar: Bring back the woolly mammoth! - TED.com|
It’s the dream of kids all around the world to see giant beasts walk the Earth again. Could -- and should -- that dream be realized? Hendrik Poinar gives an informative talk on the next -- really -- big thing: The quest to engineer a creature that looks very much like our furry friend, the woolly mammoth. The first step, to sequence the woolly genome, is nearly complete. And it’s huge. (Filmed at TEDxDeExtinction.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; anthropology; deextinction; evolution; TEDxDeExtinction; 2013
|Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque - TED.com|
Imagine what we could learn about diseases by studying the history of human disease, from ancient hominids to the present. But how? TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an achaeological geneticist, and she's found a spectacular new tool -- the microbial DNA in fossilized dental plaque.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; medicine; paleontology; science; TED2012; 2012
|Svante Pääbo: DNA clues to our inner neanderthal - TED.com|
Sharing the results of a massive, worldwide study, geneticist Svante Pääbo shows the DNA proof that early humans mated with Neanderthals after we moved out of Africa. (Yes, many of us have Neanderthal DNA.) He also shows how a tiny bone from a baby finger was enough to identify a whole new humanoid species.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; DNA; biology; evolution; science; 2011
|Elaine Morgan says we evolved from aquatic apes - TED.com|
Elaine Morgan is a tenacious proponent of the aquatic ape hypothesis: the idea that humans evolved from primate ancestors who dwelt in watery habitats. Hear her spirited defense of the idea -- and her theory on why mainstream science doesn't take it seriously.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; apes; evolution; science; 2009
|Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? - TED.com|
Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; evolution; genetics; science; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Sara Lewis: The loves and lies of fireflies - TED.com|
Biologist Sara Lewis has spent the past 20 years getting to the bottom of the magic and wonder of fireflies. In this charming talk, she tells us how and why the beetles produce their silent sparks, what happens when two fireflies have sex, and why one group of females is known as the firefly vampire. (It's not pretty.) Find out more astonishing facts about fireflies in Lewis' footnotes, below.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; biology; evolution; insects; TED2014; 2014
|Christoph Adami: Finding life we can't imagine - TED.com|
How do we search for alien life if it's nothing like the life that we know? At TEDxUIUC Christoph Adami shows how he uses his research into artificial life -- self-replicating computer programs -- to find a signature, a 'biomarker,' that is free of our preconceptions of what life is.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; evolution; life; science; TEDxUIUC; 2011
|Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What is so special about the human brain? - TED.com|
The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusi
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; evolution; neuroscience; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
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|Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence - TED.com|
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; culture; evolution; religion; 2012
|Susan Blackmore on memes and "temes" - TED.com|
Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; design; evolution; meme; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks - TED.com|
We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; health; medicine; science; society; TED2010; 2010
|Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution? - TED.com|
Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally -- or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; evolution; medicine; philosophy; science; technology; 2011
|Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves - TED.com|
Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; choice; culture; evolution; future; history; philosophy; science; technology; 2005
|Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination - TED.com|
Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; beauty; evolution; film; life; nature; 2011
|Robert Full on engineering and evolution - TED.com|
Insects and animals have evolved some amazing skills -- but, as Robert Full notes, many animals are actually over-engineered. The trick is to copy only what's necessary. He shows how human engineers can learn from animals' tricks.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; design; evolution; robots; science; technology; transportation; TED2002; 2002
|Nina Jablonski breaks the illusion of skin color - TED.com|
Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, but she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; anthropology; biology; evolution; human origins; humanity; race; science; 2009
|Mark Pagel: How language transformed humanity - TED.com|
Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; biology; communication; culture; evolution; language; science; 2011
|Jessa Gamble: Our natural sleep cycle - TED.com|
In today's world, balancing school, work, kids and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body's internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2010; TED; Talks; evolution; humanity; personal growth; science; self; 2010
|Frans Lanting's lyrical nature photos - TED.com|
In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Soundtrack by Philip Glass.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; animals; art; arts; design; evolution; fish; nature; photography; storytelling; 2005
|Spencer Wells builds a family tree for humanity - TED.com|
All humans share some common bits of DNA, passed down to us from our African ancestors. Geneticist Spencer Wells talks about how his Genographic Project will use this shared DNA to figure out how we are -- in all our diversity -- truly connected.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; DNA; anthropology; culture; evolution; genetics; race; science; 2007
|Dan Dennett: Cute, sexy, sweet, funny - TED.com|
Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a new theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; animals; biology; children; comedy; evolution; food; humanity; humor; primates; sex; 2009
|Ruby Wax: What's so funny about mental illness? - TED.com|
Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; brain; comedy; culture; entertainment; evolution; humor; mental health; society; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization - TED.com|
Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; brain; cognitive science; evolution; neurology; science; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Janine Benyus shares nature's designs - TED.com|
In this inspiring talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; DNA; animals; biology; biomimicry; design; environment; evolution; fish; science; technology; TED2005; 2005
|Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives - TED.com|
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; evolution; global issues; morality; politics; psychology; TED2008; 2008
|Emma Teeling: The secret of the bat genome - TED.com|
In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink our attitude toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup. (Filmed at TEDxDublin.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; advertising; animals; biology; evolution; genetics; science; TEDxDublin; 2012
|Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion - TED.com|
Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2009 Compassion; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; compassion; evolution; global issues; 2009
|Hod Lipson builds "self-aware" robots - TED.com|
Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; AI; cognitive science; demo; design; evolution; robots; short talk; technology; 2007
|Michael Pollan gives a plant's-eye view - TED.com|
What if human consciousness isn't the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn's clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant's-eye view.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; animals; business; cooperation; culture; evolution; food; global issues; science; 2007
|Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? - TED.com|
Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; brain; choice; culture; evolution; happiness; psychology; science; 2004
|Angela Belcher: Using nature to grow batteries - TED.com|
Inspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programs viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, she's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. At TEDxCaltech, she shows us how it's done.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxCaltech; TED; Talks; DNA; alternative energy; biology; evolution; genetics; nature; virus; 2011
|Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe - TED.com|
In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; math; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
|Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human - TED.com|
In this prophetic 2003 talk -- just days before Dolly the sheep was stuffed -- biotech ethicist Gregory Stock looked forward to new, more meaningful (and controversial) technologies, like customizable babies, whose adoption might drive human evolution.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; biology; biotech; children; evolution; genetics; science; technology; 2003
|Robert Full on animal movement - TED.com|
Biologist Robert Full shares slo-mo video of some captivating critters. Take a closer look at the spiny legs that allow cockroaches to scuttle across mesh and the nanobristle-packed feet that let geckos to run straight up walls.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; design; evolution; robots; science; technology; 2005
|Louise Leakey digs for humanity's origins - TED.com|
Louise Leakey asks, "Who are we?" The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind -- and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; anthropology; apes; evolution; human origins; humanity; paleontology; science; 2008
|Ray Kurzweil: Get ready for hybrid thinking - TED.com|
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; AI; brain; cloud; evolution; future; technology; TED2014; 2014
|Dan Dennett's response to Rick Warren - TED.com|
Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; God; atheism; brain; cognitive science; consciousness; evolution; philosophy; religion; 2006
|Susan Savage-Rumbaugh: The real-life culture of bonobos - TED.com|
Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; Featured; animals; apes; biology; culture; education; evolution; genetics; intelligence; language; 2004
|Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty - TED.com|
TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; beauty; brain; culture; design; evolution; society; TED2010; 2010
|Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains - TED.com|
Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement. In this entertaining, data-rich talk he gives us a glimpse into how the brain creates the grace and agility of human motion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; biology; brain; evolution; neurology; science; 2011
|David Gallo shows underwater astonishments - TED.com|
David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; evolution; exploration; fish; oceans; science; short talk; technology; TED2007; 2007
|Paul Sereno digs up dinosaurs - TED.com|
Strange landscapes, scorching heat and (sometimes) mad crocodiles await scientists seeking clues to evolution's genius. Paleontologist Paul Sereno talks about his surprising encounters with prehistory -- and a new way to help students join the adventure.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; animals; biology; children; education; evolution; exploration; history; life; paleontology; science; TED2005; 2005
|Helen Fisher tells us why we love + cheat - TED.com|
Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic -- love –- and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; Featured; antidepressants; cognitive science; culture; evolution; gender; love; psychology; relationships; science; sex; women; 2006
|Paul Ewald asks, Can we domesticate germs? - TED.com|
Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; biology; disease; evolution; global issues; health; health care; illness; medicine; microbiology; science; technology; virus; water; 2007